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Classic Driver

Classic Driver No 82 Jan/Feb 19

NZ CLASSIC DRIVER looks at ways to bring you stories of classic cars that are rare, different and often very special. Our team of passionate classic car journalists, headed by Allan Walton as editor, includes writers such as Tony Haycock, Allan Dick and Mark Holman as well as well-respected motorsport photographers like Terry Marshall and Alex Mitchell. As well, Kiwi racing legend, Howden Ganley, pens a regular column telling tales of his past and present motor racing experiences. All that adds up to a magazine with huge appeal to enthusiasts all around the world as well as New Zealand. For further information go to

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origin of the species

When the question of originality comes up with reference to historic racing cars, you can always guarantee a heated debate. There are countless stories that either challenge or agree upon the authenticity of such cars. One of my favourite tales is that of ERA R12B, a works car built by ERA in 1936 and subsequently raced and hillclimbed by the late great Raymond Mays. In 1937, this now famous racing car was upgraded by ERA to C-type specifications – let’s refer to it as R12B/C. The following year, the ERA was sold to the White Mouse Racing team run by Prince Chula Chakrabongse of Siam (now known as Thailand) for the use of his cousin, Prince Birabongse Bhanudej; more commonly known as Siamese racing ace B Bira. The ERA, originally painted…

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works escort

Ford Escort RS1800 Mk II, chassis #BBATTJ 69903, was completed at Ford Motorsports, Boreham, UK as a works rally car and registered on February 1, 1977 as STW130R. Built, in effect, to RAC Rally specifications, the Escort’s first works drive would be at the Rally de Portugal in March 1977, with Swedish rally ace Björn Waldegård at the wheel of the brand new Ford, along with his long-time navigator, Hans Thorszelius. Despite unfamiliarity with the Escort – previously Waldegård had rallied cars such as the Porsche 911S and Lancia Stratos HF, both entirely different from the front-engined Ford – he was soon setting some very quick times and battling for the overall lead against fellow Escort driver, Ari Vatanen, and Markku Alen’s Fiat 131 Abarth. A series of tyre punctures plagued…

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1977 the cosworth bda engine

The original design for the BDA engine (‘Belt Drive Series A’), was handled by Mike Hall at Cosworth in 1967. At that time, the company was deeply involved with development of the DFV F1 engine. The new engine would have similarities in make-up with the previous four-cylinder FVA engine – Kent block, double overhead camshafts and four valves per cylinder. However, the BDA differed in almost every detail. As well, when finally unveiled in 1969, the BDA would be the first British-designed and-built engine to feature a cogged belt driving the camshafts, a type of belt originally developed by Glas and first used by Fiat for the twin-cam engine installed in the 124 Sport Spider. Indeed, when Hall began to investigate the idea of using belt drive he discovered that…

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legends of bathurst returns to hampton downs

Dick Johnson and the Stone Brothers will headline the 2019 edition of Hampton Downs’ Legends of Bathurst event, taking place over the weekend of January 12 and 13. John Bowe, Jim Richards, Steve Richards and Paul Radisich are also confirmed for the event, which will celebrate all things Bathurst. Legends of Bathurst promises to be a special homecoming for Ross and Jimmy Stone, who grew up building go-karts in nearby Onewhero before moving to Australia and establishing one of the most successful teams in V8 Supercars. “Some friends of mine, including Jim Richards, came over to Hampton Downs for the first Legends of Bathurst event earlier this year and they talked about what a good event it was,” says Ross Stone. “People around the world have an interest in Bathurst because it’s such…

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peter sundberg

Peter’s motorsport career started in the early seventies when, as a teenager, he made his racing debut at Bay Park in the Dave Silcock-built 3.8 Jaguar Mk II – a car that he has since been reunited with, having purchased the car from its previous owner last year (as chronicled in NZ Classic Driver, September/October 2017). Gaining more experience, and quickly gaining a reputation for his spectacular style of driving, Peter graduated from the old-fashioned Jaguar and began racing a more nimble Ford Escort Twin Cam in series such as the Bank of New South Wales NZ Saloon Car Championship and ShellSport series in various Ford Escorts; Twin Cam and FVC. Driving an Escort Twin Cam as well as his exploits on the tarmac, he proved to be equally adept over…

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still cool at fifty

Those with long memories will recall that the Escort badge first appeared on a Ford Prefect ‘estate car’ in the late 1950s. The adventurously-styled Anglia replaced the Prefect in 1959 and it, in turn, was replaced in 1968 by the new Escort, a new standard in the small car market. Launched at the Brussels Motor Show in January 1968 as a two-door saloon with the slogan, “The Ford Escorts, the small cars that aren’t”, the cheap and cheerful Escort wasn’t avant-garde in any way – its conservative and somewhat bland styling clothed a fairly conventional pushrod four-cylinder engine delivering its modest power through a four-speed gearbox to a rear differential/solid axle suspended on leaf springs. At the front were Ford’s famous MacPherson struts, while rack and pinion steering was a…